Owen names seven transfer concerns Klopp ‘must address’

Date published: Thursday 16th September 2021 8:25 - Will Ford

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Michael Owen believes there are seven Liverpool players Jurgen Klopp must look to find replacements for in the near future.

The Reds have won four and drawn one of their five games so far this season, having kicked off their Champions League campaign off with a 3-2 win over AC Milan at Anfield on Wednesday.

Milan were in the lead after a quick double before half-time, before Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson scored after the break to win the opening group game for Klopp’s side.

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It was another brilliant night at Anfield, but Owen highlighted a concern for his former side before kick-off.

Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho and Andy Robertson all renewed their Liverpool deals this summer, but Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are yet to commit their futures to the club.

All three attackers are 29 with their current deals expiring in June 2023 and Owen believes action will soon be required in the transfer window.

“I think Liverpool are going to address it,” he said on BT Sport.

“What I think the big concern is [that] everyone is going to be old at the same time, in three or four years. Look at the front three: Firmino, Salah and Mane – all late 20s.

“Another three or four years you’re not going to replace one, it all of a sudden goes bump and you’ve got to replace two of them.

“I think that’s the general around the team – the Matips, the Van Dijks – they’re all late 20s now.

“You’ve got your Henderson and Milners, but that’s fine, that’s experienced but when there’s a glut – that will happen – in four, five years that’s something that Jurgen Klopp has to address next year.”

Liverpool were quiet in the transfer window – certainly compared to their title rivals – with £36million Ibrahima Konate their only addition.

Their focus was instead on securing new deals for key players and moving on some of their fringe players from the squad.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi all left the club permanently, adding to the pot for potential reinvestment in the team in the coming windows.

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